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Wanyama: Suspension was toughest time of my career

Victor Wanyama in action at St Mary's

Image by: Matt Watson/Southampton FC


14:00 21st March 2016

Victor Wanyama was happy to be back playing for Saints again after a six-week absence from the team through suspension.

Prior to Sunday’s game against Liverpool where he made a 45 minute return to action, Wanyama hadn’t played since Saints’ 1-0 win over West Ham on 6th February.

The Kenyan admits he’s learned some harsh truths in that time as he cut a frustrated figure as a spectator, but he’s keen to move on from that time out.

“It was really good to be back,” he said. 

“I’ve really learned my lesson although it has been really painful, but now I’m back in and I’m just going to put the disappointment behind me and it was a positive coming back with a win which is just a massive thing for me.”

Wanyama served double punishment as a result of his third dismissal of the season, and a five match suspension is something, the Kenyan doesn’t want to experience again.

“I think it was the toughest time of my career,” he confessed. “I’ve learned a lot during this time so hopefully it will keep going and I can try and help the team.

“I’ve learned that you have to time your tackles well and you have to be sure about going for tackles. I have really learned that and I’m trying to put that into my game and not to try and go crazy in tackles.”

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